John Stuart Mill: A Biography by Nicholas Capaldi

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By Nicholas Capaldi

Nicholas Capaldi's biography of John Stuart Mill lines the ways that Mill's many endeavors are comparable and explores the importance of his contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of faith, and the philosophy of schooling. Capaldi exhibits how Mill used to be groomed for his existence by means of either his father James Mill and Jeremy Bentham, the 2 such a lot trendy philosophical radicals of the early nineteenth century. Mill, notwithstanding, revolted in contrast schooling and built friendships with either Thomas Carlyle and Samuel Taylor Coleridge who brought him to Romanticism and political conservatism. a distinct characteristic of this biography is the eye dedicated to Mill's courting with Harriet Taylor. nobody exerted a better impact than the girl he was once finally to marry. Capaldi unearths simply how deep her influence used to be on Mill's considering the emancipation of ladies. Nicholas Capaldi was once until eventually lately the McFarlin Endowed Professor of Philosophy and learn Professor of legislation on the college of Tulsa. he's the founder and previous Director of felony reviews. His relevant learn and educating curiosity is in public coverage and its intersection with political technology, philosophy, legislations, faith, and economics. he's the writer of six books, together with The artwork of Description (Prometheus, 1987) and the way to Win each Argument (MJF Books, 1999), over fifty articles, and editor of six anthologies. he's a up to date recipient of the Templeton beginning Freedom undertaking Award.

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Mill was certainly inculcated with the gospel of work and self-reliance. Deprived of much acquaintance with religious practice or with religion in any sense except as a set of intellectual positions, Mill inherited from his father a contempt for natural theology, an abhorrence of the Calvinist notion of an avenging God, and the belief that traditional religion’s reliance upon such a God perverted morals. Mill presented an elaborate summary of his father’s religious beliefs, worth noting because they are also part of Mill’s beliefs as well as the basis for his religious speculation at the end of his life.

Mill, [ James] Mill, Bentham, I [Francis Place] and Colls [assistant to Bentham] dine together. We have soup or fish, or both, meat, pudding, generally fruit, viz: melons, strawberries, gooseberries, currants, grapes; no wine. The first day I came, wine was put upon the table; but as I took none, none has since made its appearance. After dinner . . Mrs. Mill marches in great style round the green in front of the house . . with all the children, till their bedtime. . [ James] Mill and I take a sharp walk for two hours, say, till a quarter past eight, then one of us alternately walks with Mr.

As previously noted, James Mill had had a difficult time supporting his family. By , James Mill was earning about £ per year but could not keep out of debt. ” The radical tailor and sometime leader of the workers Francis Place paid some of the debts. James Mill did later repay that debt. When, in , the Mill family moved to Queens Square, in part to be closer to Bentham, Jeremy Bentham paid half the cost of the rent, about £. The close proximity of two independent minds such as those of Bentham and James Mill, as well as James Mill’s dependency on Bentham’s generosity, occasionally led to disagreements between them.

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